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hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thank you so much for watching. you're in the "cnn newsroom." we're going to begin with big political news. >> so as of today, with a lot of
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prayer and soul searching, i am suspending my presidential campaign. >> this is where it comes to an end. the last stop for the cain train. herman cain today in atlanta effectively ending his bid for the white house. the candidate who just a month ago was being talked about as the frontrunner for the republican nomination, suspending his campaign. in recent weeks, cain has denied allegations of sexual harassment and an atlanta woman's claim that she had a 13-year affair with him. today, his eyes hidden behind dark shades with his wife, gloria, by his side. cain broke the news to supporters. >> i am at peace with my god. i am at peace with my wife.
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and she is at peace with me. >> okay, even as cain was announcing the end to his 2012 dreams, he was promising that he wouldn't be silenced and that he wouldn't go away. cnn's shannon travis standing outside the atlanta headquarters that cain just opened today as he was suspending his campaign. talk about bad timing there, shannon. how did the crowd react to his wife and what else did he tell that crowd? >> reporter: the crowd reacted in waves and spurts. at times, don, when you heard, some of those crowd one-liner, crowd-pleasing lines that came often does, they were e erupting like you just played in that clip right there. but at other times, you could hear a pin drop because the crowd was hanging on to his every word. at the beginning of the speech, a lot of people were unclear, even us, where he was going with it. but then when he dropped that
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"i'm suspending my campaign," you heard some guffaws, you heard some sighs in the crowd, i heard audible "don't go, don't do it." the crowd was emotional. some in the crowd were here for the spectacle of it all. but most of the people were loyal herman cain supporters. so they were pretty disappointed. >> he is suspending his campaign in -- instead of ending it outright. suspending is a soft landing. it's an easier way of saying it? >> reporter: yeah, and it's an important distinction. suspending a campaign for a candidate means by federal law they still are technically a candidate and they can still continue to raise money and spend that money on political activities, completely bowing out of the race, saying "i'm dropping my bid" means you can only raise money to retire your campaign debt or any
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campaign-related expenses. it's an important distinction and probably one that herman cain and his team weighed when they decided to suspend as opposed to completely just get out of the race. >> a little bit early, too, to talk about endorsements? >> reporter: not just yet. that is a question on the table. he put it out there himself. he said, i will be endorsing someone in the coming days. my producer, janet, after he was done, we caught him on the rope line and we tossed that question to him. take a listen. >> are you endorsing michele bachmann? >> thank you very much. thank you very, very much. >> mr. cain, will you endorse -- >> not making that decision until several days. thank you. >> reporter: why did janet ask about michele bachmann? because earlier i reported that i spoke with the bachmann campaign and they told me two things. one, that the bachmann camp and the cain camp, that they have
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spoken and that, two, many of herman cain supporters reached out to bachmann's campaign and said, we are now supporting the congresswoman. >> shannon travis, thank you very much. we appreciate that. many of the republican candidates are reacting to cain's decision to suspend his campaign. michele bachmann says herman cain provided an important voice to this process, his ideas and energy generated tremendous enthusiasm for the conservative movement at a time it was so desperately needed to restore confidence in our country. this is what jon huntsman had to say -- herman cain offered a unique and valuable voice to the debate over how to reform our country's uncompetitive tax code and turn around the economy. and rick perry is saying this -- i know this was a very difficult decision for herman cain. his family and his supporters. he helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. how did herman cain get to this point? our tom foreman takes a look at his campaign. >> love you!
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>> reporter: a tea party favorite, herman cain was a little-known long shot for most voters when he entered the race. a former head of godfather's pizza a radio host and previous unsuccessful candidate. >> herman cain! >> reporter: then the debates began and suddenly his wit and simple approach to complex issues, like reworking the tax code, had everyone talking. >> 9-9-9. >> reporter: in october, cain's poll numbered rocketed past perry, gingrich, paul, bachmann, nearly overtaking romney. but then came the stumbles. on the occupy wall street movement -- >> i don't have facts to back this up. but i happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the obama administration. >> reporter: on planned parenthood -- >> you said planned parenthood was trying to put all these centers into the black
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communities because they wanted to kill black babies before they were born. you still stand by that? >> i stand by that. >> reporter: on illegal immigration -- >> we're going to have a fence, it's going to be 20 feet high, it's going to have barbed wire on the top. it's going to be electrified. and there's going to be a sign on the other side that says, it will kill you. >> reporter: later he said he was joking. but the controversies have added up. among them, he said as president, he would negotiate with terrorists, then he backtracked. he said, china was trying to develop nuclear weapons even though the chinese have had them for decades. his campaign manager appeared in an ad smoking, infuriating health advocates. and amid all that have come these accusations of sexual harassment, infidelities, cover-ups involving women cain allegedly knew or worked with for a long time. >> i was aware that he was married and i was also aware that i was involved in a very inappropriate situation,
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relationship. >> did you know her for 13 years? >> yes. but i did not have an affair. >> reporter: so far, he has repeatedly denied doing anything wrong. >> i have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period. >> reporter: but his numbers are plunging. and with them, perhaps his chances of ever taking the white house. tom foreman, cnn, washington. another big story we're following today, jerry sandusky is speaking out. the former penn state football coach is talking about the charges he now faces. nyquil (stuffy): hey, tylenol. you know we're kinda like twins.
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jerry sandusky says he didn't do it. the former penn state assistant football coach sat down for four hours with "the new york times." he's accused of 40 counts of molesting children, beginning in 1994. it was not the first time he's addressed the charges against him. but this was his longest and most detailed offense to date. in the interview, sandusky started describing his attraction to children. he did not get too far before his attorney jumped in to help. his attorney's comments are subtitled here. >> if i say, no, i'm not attracted to boys, that's not the truth because i'm attracted to young people, boys, girls -- >> yeah, but not sexually, you're attracted because you enjoy spending time -- >> right, i enjoy. that's what i was trying to say. i enjoy spending time with young people. i enjoy spending time with people. my two favorite groups are the elderly and the young.
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>> sandusky is currently free on $100,000 bail. in syracuse, head basketball coach jim boeheim says he is sorry he did not take the allegations against assistant coach bernie fine more seriously. fine was fired last weekend after explosive comments from his wife were made public. in a taped phone interview conversation, laurie fine said she was aware of her husband's activities with boys but did not stop it. boeheim now has deep regrets. >> i believe i misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made. i shouldn't have questioned what the accusers expressed or their motives. i am really sorry that i did that and i regret any harm that i caused.
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>> no charges have been filed against bernie fine. you just heard from jerry sandusky explaining his side of the relationship with young kids. next, we'll look at why some say his speaking out only makes it worse for the boys he's accused of hurting. but first, each week we're calling on friends of cnn heroes to shine the spotlight on our top ten honorees and ask you to vote on the one that inspires you the most. we're introduced to richard st. dennis. he overcame tragedy to help others like him. >> hi, i'm kristin chenoweth. i'm committed to celebrating a bond between people and their pets while lending a helping paw to those in need. now i'm absolutely thrilled to introduce one of this year's top ten cnn heroes. >> in mexico, people with disabilities who can't get
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whether you believe herman cain's denials of sexual improprie impropriety, it hurt his campaign. >> i'm suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the
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continued hurt caused on me and my family. >> cain and his wife, gloria, have a grown daughter, melanie, a son, vincent, seen with him here at an earlier event. and dr. aldwin tart and dr. wendy walsh join us. before we get to this whole patriarch thing, as a mother, someone who's been married before, what do you think that conversation was like? she didn't know about it. he said he didn't tell her about this woman. he gets home yesterday. he's got to turn the key, get in the door. what was that like? >> let me tell you, don, it wasn't pretty, i can guarantee that. listen, women -- as much as wives fear infidelity in their husbands, they are more likely to forgive a sexual hook-up, if you will, than a long-term
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affair that may involve an emotional connection and indeed resources moving from the household. so this was all of that. and it's the big one. and i'm sure this wasn't fun for her. i'm sure ffs very, very painful for her and the painful. >> doctor, you're nodding your head in agreement. >> women don't want to deal with infidelity. but when you start taking the money outside the house to another woman, that's a double-edged sword. >> excuse me. dealing with a little allergies here. sorry about that. when the patriarch in the family is attacked like this or when this happens, what does that do to the family? >> this can humiliate the entire family. they may be adult kids, but this is still a very public shaming of the family about what he did during those years. we have to remind people, while he's saying this humiliation has been brought on his family by the media, well, let's go back and think what really caused the humiliation.
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the media came into his life because he sought the highest office in the land. but the truth is, it's his behavior that brought the humiliation on the family. i'm curious to see how the family fares going forward. >> with the marriage, what is mrs. cain dealing with right now? what is she dealing with? >> embarrassment, shame but also pride and protection, this is my husband and for better or for worse, i'm going to stand by him and she's upset she has to do this. but that's the duty of a wife. >> for at least some part, they feel like maybe this is over, at least this is the beginning of -- >> the relief has to be just paramount for her. >> let's talk about another story here of sex allegations. the case against jerry sandusky. "the new york times" just released an interview with the former penn state assistant coach. in the clip you're about to see, he talks about his last interview with nbc when bob costas asked him, quote, are you sexually attracted to young boys. take a listen. >> if i say, no, i'm not attracted to boys, that's not
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the truth because i'm attracted to young people, boys, girls -- >> yeah, but not sexually, you're attracted because you enjoy spending time -- >> right, i enjoy. that's what i was trying to say. i enjoy spending time with young people. i enjoy spending time with people. my two favorite groups are the elderly and the young. >> okay, so dr. wendy, what do you make of that answer? >> well, clearly in our culture we have a problem with the word "attracted." as soon as you say "attracted," there's this idea that it's sexual. and of course he used the word in its true meaning, which is he moves toward certain groups of people. but now in the context of what's going on, you would think he'd figure that that wouldn't be the word to use so much anymore because so many people do misinterpret it. >> and when you're accused of these sorts of things, you should be savvy enough not to -- they're not asking you if you're
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attracted to someone -- oh, i'm attracted to you, we're a good friend, we can hang out and have beers. they're not asking that kind of question. bob costas explicitly said, are you sexually attracted to boys? what was going on with him? >> when you're a pedophile, typically, you lie. you're in a complete state of denial that you did anything wrong. you're saying, this is how i defend myself. i'm not attracted to anyone. he's just lying. that's what pedophiles do. they're in a state of denial. >> one child victim advocate says sandusky has revictimized his victims by doing these interviews. >> it makes the trauma resurface over -- it's called vi vie caca
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traumatization. >> victims are confused about it. it's hard for them to come forward and say, this guy was all wrong. it was a child piece who was manipulated. but the point is, when the powerful figure comes out and says, that wasn't abuse or i didn't do that, i didn't happen, they start to self-blame again. that's the dangerous thing. that's the psychological injury for these things. >> thank you both. our top story tonight, herman cain suspending his campaign for president. he says he'll announce soon who he will endorse. we're asking our panel of experts who they think it will be, right after a quick break. s? neutrogena® t/gel shampoo defeats dandruff after just one use. t/gel shampoo. it works. neutrogena®.
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relieves nasal congestion... nyquil cold & flu doesn't. well, from frontrunner to effectively out of the race for president in about a month's time, herman cain today announcing he is suspending his campaign to supporters in atlanta. ironically, at an event that was originally billed as a grand opening of his campaign headquarters. i want to bring in elsy granderson and lenny mcalister, republican analyst and a radio host of "get right with lenny mcalister." and dan ronain is a crisis
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management expert. thank you all for joining us. there's a lot of us here. we're going to get it all in. let's go to our guy -- we can call him our our. l.z., when i talked to my producers, i said, why are we still having this conversation? is this conversation even worth having? >> he still has supporters, as we saw today during his final rally, right? he still has supporters. that means his endorsement still counts. that also means that because he suspended his campaign, he's able to use those dollars to push his message and endorse a candidate that he thinks is the best fit for the presidency. he's still a factor even though he's suspended his campaign. >> lenny, do you see a difference -- as i'm driving in, i'm listening to conservative radio. they say, why don't democrats
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get away with a public sex scandal and republicans don't? anthony weiner, david woo resigned. on and on and on, but there are republicans candidates who are still in office now or who lasted longer. is the treatment really different or is this just -- >> perception is reality sometimes with some of this. for example, you mentioned anthony weiner. what did anthony weiner do at first? deny, deny, deny. the more evidence came out, he kept denying it. he finally had to admit it. but at that point, he had to resign. same thing with herman cain. more credible people came out. the stuff being laid on the table was hard to refute. at that point in time when you finally say, we've all made mistakes in life like he said earlier today, it's too late. you're saying it while you're suspending your campaign. >> what does that mean to you? >> i'm admitting it without saying the words. >> thank you very much. when someone says that, we've
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all made mistakes -- you said deny, deny, deny. also blame the media. that's the easiest fallback. if something controversial comes out about me, the media should not be delving into my personal life. >> but the media is being perceived as a liberal construct. if you're a conservative candidate, it's an easy fallback to go on. but it's a convenient thing to grab onto when you're trying to distance yourself from the issues. >> i noticed with the lynn wood interview, the strategy seemed to be blame the media for what herman cain did wrong. i want to play a sound bite from herman cain's attorney lynn wood on cnn's "piers morgan tonight" on thursday. this is for you, dan. >> it appears that this individual's accusations are going to be about alleged
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consensual conduct between adults. and i, as a matter of principle, whether you or the media agree with it or not, i believe our political candidates and our public officials, despite their positions, still maintain some zone of privacy. >> so, dan, there you go. it's the media's fault and it's nobody's business. but it didn't seem to work very well. what should cain's strategy have been? >> when you decide to run for president, you can't decide what issues are in bounds and out of bounds. cain's campaign didn't realize that. one of the things you have to do on a presidential campaign is every morning, every day, you have to think of, what are the questions i'm going to get asked today and do i have answers to those questions? throughout the campaign, i think we saw evidence that that wasn't the case with the cain folks. >> dan, should he have known better? many strategists i speak to, both republicans and democrats say, if you're going to run for the leader of the free world and you have these sorts of skeletons in your closet or
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these sorts of things that might come out, you should have better judgment than to actually run for president. >> and it shows in the numbers. we were talking earlier about his endorsement. he reached his watermark in iowa at 23%. by the time they got to wednesday, his support was down to 4%. there's no support left for his campaign. >> let me ask my strategist here, my consultants, if you will. who do you think he's going to endorse, if he does? >> they're talking about bachmann. but at this point in time, even if it is bachmann, what does it really matter? most of his supporters have swung over to gingrich. he's seemed the coziest with gingrich throughout this whole process. don't be surprised if it's gingrich or bachmann. >> l.z.? >> i think it's gingrich because
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he's a frontrunner and cain doesn't like to be associated with losers. i'm pretty sure he's going to go with who he thinks is the frontrunner. >> thanks to all of you. we appreciate it. >> thank you. well, the weekend has brought little relief from the record high winds in southern california. there's still a wind warning for los angeles and ventura counties. winds of up to 60 miles per hour expected in some areas. several cities are still in a state of emergency from wednesday night's windstorms. officials say recovering from the storm could take months. cnn's jacqui jeras is in the weather center with more winds out of the west for us, jacqui. >> yeah, hey, don. this isn't going to be like what they saw on wednesday night and into thursday. but the winds are strong enough to still cause problems bringing down more tree limbs and potentially more power outages. thousands still without power. and here are some of the gusts we've seen already today. between 40 and 65 miles per hour. that is still significant. the advisories remain in effect
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through the weekend. and we've got another round that we think is going to be even stronger coming in sometime likely monday night and into tuesday. and the fire threat also remains very critical here. there have been a number of fires over the last three days, all of which are doing okay and have been able to be contained. but we'll watch it very closely in the upcoming days. our big storm maek maker, it's in the nation's midsection bringing in a threat of flooding up ahead of it and snow on the back side. up towards minneapolis and into northern parts of wisconsin. today's winds being generated by this low and the strong high to the north. our next round is going to be coming into play with that storm system into the pacific northwest. let me go ahead and show you what's happening in the upper levels of the atmosphere because this is what really tells the story. this is our jet stream. that's what divides the very cold and very warm air in the upper levels of the atmosphere. this cold air has been spilling down through the mountains.
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that's why we've seen the heavy snow across the four corners. we have video to show you out of new mexico where some areas saw as much as a foot of snow in the last 24 hours. take a look at that. having a tough time on the interstates. new mexico gets some more snow late tomorrow and again the santa anas will be back late on monday. don? >> thank you very much, jacqui. we appreciate it. we all know the pressure of the holiday season. 'tis the season, time to buy gifts for friends and loved ones. but the problem is, we don't have a lot of money to spend and we're going to tell you how you can avoid the holiday debt trap? some advice in less than three minutes. [ male announcer ] still getting dandruff? neutrogena® t/gel shampoo defeats dandruff after just one use. t/gel shampoo. it works. neutrogena®.
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with all the latest toys and hot gadgets, how do you avoid getting trapped under holiday debt? christine romans tells us in this week's "smart is the new rich." >> the debt danger signs are flashing everywhere, in europe, in washington and in our own bank accounts where incomes are falling and americans are dipping into save administration pay the bills. yet everywhere, you're being encouraged to spend money, lots of money for the holidays. the national retail federation says you'll spend probably $704.
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but where is all that money coming from and have we learned nothing? >> you see these numbers about how much money people are spending for the holidays. it reminds you when people suddenly had expensive cars in their driveways, boats, you say, how are people affording this? real income after inflation has been flat for the last year or maybe even down a tiny bit. >> that means you have to be very careful about putting new debt on your credit cards. 42% of people plan to spend less this year than last. that's according to a new poll. but the road to debt is paved with good holiday intentions. >> it's a lot of data to show that there's a disconnect between what people say they're going to do and what they actually do, even when people say, i intend to pay off my credit card balances, they typically don't. that's why we have about 15 million people right now in 2011 who haven't paid off their
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holiday shopping bills from 2010. >> don't be that person. a few smart things to consider before you spend a dime. if you can't afford it, put it down. really think about your purchase and whether you need it. how do you know whether you need it? make a budget. it sounds so simple. but make a budget and make a list. think about what you want to buy and why and stick to it. you are smarter than the retail tricks. stay to the list. also use technology. comparison shop online. use coupon codes when you can and never buy into this hype that these are the lowest prices you'll see all season. there are always lower prices and more sales ahead. and take a time-out. if you see something not on your list you want to buy, wait 48 hours and go back later. you would be surprised how often the urge fades with time. let's say your kid's crying for that sold-out toy. a little advice, shop in person on fridays from 5:00 to 7:00
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p.m. at the toy store. that's when toy stores restock for the weekend. that's when you have the best chance of finding that hot toy that no one else can. for this week's "smart is the new rich," i'm christine romans in new york. >> christine, thank you very much. police find a country music singer and her 5-year-old son hiding in a closet. how much trouble is she in now? criminal defense attorney holly hughes will talk about the case. that's coming up next. in america, we believe in a future that is better than today. since 1894, ameriprise financial has been working hard for their clients' futures. never taking a bailout. helping generations achieve dreams. buy homes. put their kids through college. retire how they want to. ameriprise. the strength of america's largest financial planning company. the heart of 10,000 advisors working with you, one-to-one. together, for your future. ♪
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let's talk some justice now. singer mindy mccready's 5-year-old son is in protective custody in arkansas right now. police say they found the country star and the child hiding in a closet in the home of mccready's boyfriend late friday. mccready was in violation of a court order to return the boy to her mother, who is his legal guardian. joining me is holly hughes. mccready has had run-ins with the law. she has visitation rights. she took the child from the mother's homes during one of those visits. will she be charged criminally for taking the child and refusing to comply with the court order? >> she can be be. this will depend on the judge. if he wants to hold her in
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contempt, she could be held in criminal contempt and civil contempt. she could be fined. locked up for a period of 24 hours up to a week. he could face custodial interference charges because she is not the physical custodian of that little boy. if she wants to change that, she can go back to court and pe fission for a change of custody. but you can't just snatch the child and run. >> there are allegations here. she's asking the court to return custody because she's claiming her son is being abused at her mother's house. what are the basis of her abuse claims? >> that's what we need to know. that's exactly what should have been put in a motion n a petition to the court to modify that custody agreement. she should have also called in the department of child and family services. she could have had a doctor look
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at him but she should have petitioned the court to get custody changed. >> what are her chances of getting the boy back at this point? she did herself more harm than good? >> she absolutely did. she shot herself in the foot here. she could have gone about it a completely different way to protect her child. she didn't take the right steps. this makes her look unbalanced and like maybe she's gone back to the drugs and behaving erratically. we don't know that's true. but the argument could be made that this is not stable, normal behavior. >> you cannot write this stuff. the singer's publicist is saying she is now pregnant with twins. >> right. that was her excuse for not traveling back with the little boy was, well, i'm pregnant so i can't travel. well, you traveled there with him just a few days prior. that's not going to hold a whole lot of water. what we see here again is a celebrity who thinks, i'm not really going to get in trouble because i'm a celebrity. i'm afraid she might have
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misjudged that one. >> i want to go to another unusual custody case. this is happening in florida a judge is ordering a missing woman's 3-year-old twins should be returned to their father. but the mother vanished on the same day an episode of people's court aired that revolved around the couple's battle over the cost of a missing $5,000 engagement ring. why would the father get custody if he's a suspect in this case? >> i have to tell you, the judge's reasoning for doing this -- and i completely disagree. i think the judge missed the boat on this one totally. the judge said, well, he's never been violent to the children. but he clearly has an anger problem. don, this man has a very long criminal history. he was in the marines for a period of time. and a lot of what happened there is still sealed. we won't be able to see those records. but we do know he was court
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marshaled at what point in time. he took part in a murder. there was a young man beaten to death. and while that was happening, he was kicking him. he was charged with that violence. we saw him going in for the custody hearing, he went and pushed over a cameraman and made fun of the cameraman for being on the ground. what we're seeing here is an anger management problem. let me tell you something. 3-year-olds are going to test you and push the limits. so the judge -- the legal standard here should have been what's in the best interest of the children. i think the judge really made a bad mistake here. with the anger problems, with him being a prime suspect, they don't even call people suspects anymore. we use that nice term person of interest. they flat-out said it. >> this week, police searched an area near smith's home. nothing was found. the worst case scenario, if it happens and parker's body is found, will the children be
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taken from smith at that point? >> only if he's arrested because seemingly, the judge seems to think that as long as he's never clobbered one of the children, that makes him a fit parent. so even if they find her body, the argument is still the same. you didn't prove that he's responsible for this murder. so until we see an arrest for him, if, in fact, he did anything, i don't think the judge is going to change his mind. i think they need to petition a higher court and get this thing turned around. >> another one of those missing case that is bubble up and we hear so much about. >> so sad. the kids are the big victims here. >> thank you very much, holly, we appreciate it. i want you to imagine this, a 70-year-old man whose goal is to run a marathon in every state. pretty impressive, isn't it? consider that he suffers from a rare cancer that usually kills within five years. hear from him about what keeps him running. that's next. nyquil: you know i relieve coughs, sneezing, fevers?
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each week we like to profile someone who accomplished something remarkable. today dr. sanjay gupta introduces us to don wright who refuses to let cancer get in the way of his passion for running marathon. >> reporter: don's career spanned engineering, being a company vice president and the law. and at age 62, he discovered a
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new passion, marathons. eight years ago, just days after running his first 26-mile race, though, he got some devastating news. >> i've gone to the doctor a couple times for pain in my back. it was multiple myoloma. >> reporter: this is a cancer of the blood. it causes pain, usually in the back or ribs and patients are rarely cured. wright refused to let that slow him down, even qualifying for the boston marathon. >> i got this devastating diagnosis and we just -- my family and i, we just kept on going. you know, there wasn't any reason to stop and be sorry, you know? we kept running marathons. >> reporter: incredibly now in the last eight years, wright who is now 70, has run 60 marathons in 41 states and his wife and daughter have been by his side for most of them. his goal is to run a marathon in every state.
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>> finally after boston we started to pick off states. never imagining -- well, imagining, yes, but never expecting to be able to finish all 50. now i'm really hoping for it. >> reporter: never expected he could fulfill his dream because the median survival for his cancer is just five years. he has had a number of treatments that failed. but for the last three years, wright's taken an experimental drug, it's one pill at night and it's kept the cancer at bay. >> it doesn't cure the cancer, but it keeps it stable so it's not hurting me. and i can still run. and i can still enjoy life. and i'm riding that for all it's worth. >> reporter: he has advice to others facing what seemed like insurmountable odds. take charge of your own destiny and never give up hope. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. the. >> greg: presidential field has one less candidate and the latest on the condition of he
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let's check the headlines for you. herman cain announced today he is suspending his campaign. in recent weeks, cain denied allegations of sexual harassment and an atlanta woman's claim she had a 13-year affair with him. cain is still allowed to raise money to cover campaign debts. jerry sandusky tells "the new york times" his decades of charity work with young people are being "twisted by prosecutors into something sexual." sandusky spoke with the newspaper for four hours and denied the charges against him. he's accused of sexually molesting eight children. ohio investigators released the name of a third person they believe was murdered after answering a craigslist job posting. 16-year-old brgan raf ti is charged with aggravated murder,
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attempted murder in the killing. the latest victim was identified as 56-year-old ralph geiger. the suspect's mother says the mastermind behind the killings is this man, 52-year-old richard beasley who has yet to be charged in the murders but is in jail on charges of promoting prostitution. authorities in a germantown evacuated 45,000 people this weekend as they get ready to try to diffuse a world war ii bomb. the bomb contains 3,000 pounds of explosives and is one of the biggest ever found in germany. it is sitting in 16 inches of water making it hard to diffuse. it was likely dropped by britain's royal air force during the war. >> joe bide sen in tun is in tu weekend. biden said they can create economic opportunities. he was speaking at a global summit in istanbul. biden secretanext job could be


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